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Think what a better world it would be if we all,
by Barbara Jordan

Think what a better world it would be if we all,
the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock
every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
- Barbara Jordan

Related topics: Society

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse -
what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.
- Barbara Jordan

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.
- Barbara Jordan

 

If you're going to play the game properly,
you'd better know every rule.
- Barbara Jordan

For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.
- Barbara Jordan

We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present:
unemployment,
inflation...
but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.
- Barbara Jordan

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The imperative is to define what is right and do it.
- Barbara Jordan

We have a positive vision of the future founded on
the belief that the gap between the promise and reality
of America can one day be finally closed.
We believe that.
- Barbara Jordan

The citizens of America expect more.
They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.
- Barbara Jordan

What the people want is very simple -
they want an America as good as its promise.
- Barbara Jordan

We are a people in a quandary about the present.
We are a people in search of our future.
We are a people in search of a national community.
- Barbara Jordan

Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense.
If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage,
we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.
- Barbara Jordan

If we promise as public officials, we must deliver.
If we as public officials propose, we must produce.
- Barbara Jordan

One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings,
must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
- Barbara Jordan

A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us
to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.
- Barbara Jordan

In other times, I could stand here and give this kind
of exposition on the beliefs of the Democratic Party
and that would be enough.
But today that is not enough.
People want more.
- Barbara Jordan

There is no obstacle in the path of young people who
are poor or members of minority groups that hard work
and preparation cannot cure.
- Barbara Jordan

I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.
- Barbara Jordan

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations,
guide our debate, and guide our decision.
- Barbara Jordan

Our concept of governing is derived from our view of people.
It is a concept deeply rooted in a set of beliefs firmly
etched in the national conscience,
of all of us.
- Barbara Jordan

I believe that women have a capacity for understanding
and compassion which man structurally does not have,
does not have it because he cannot have it.
He's just incapable of it.
- Barbara Jordan

I have confidence that we can form this kind of national community.
- Barbara Jordan

Life is too large to hang out a sign:
"For Men Only."
- Barbara Jordan

What we have to do is strike a balance between the
idea that government should do everything and the idea,
the belief, that government ought to do nothing.
Strike a balance.
- Barbara Jordan

A government is invigorated when each of us is willing
to participate in shaping the future of this nation.
- Barbara Jordan

I felt somehow for many years that George Washington
and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake.
But through the process of amendment,
interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in "We,
the people."
- Barbara Jordan

Let each person do his or her part.
If one citizen is unwilling to participate,
all of us are going to suffer.
For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us,
is realized in each one of us.
- Barbara Jordan

We call ourselves public servants but I'll tell you this:
we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation.
It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish
and exhort the people to uphold the common good.
- Barbara Jordan

More is required of public officials than slogans and
handshakes and press releases.
More is required.
We must hold ourselves strictly accountable.
We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
- Barbara Jordan

I think it no accident that most of those emigrating
to America in the 19th century identified with the Democratic Party.
We are a heterogeneous party made up of Americans of diverse backgrounds.
- Barbara Jordan

Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming
this kind of a national community.
It's tough, difficult, not easy.
But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only
if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny.
- Barbara Jordan

Throughout out history, when people have looked for
new ways to solve their problems,
and to uphold the principles of this nation,
many times they have turned to political parties.
They have often turned to the Democratic Party.
- Barbara Jordan

Even as I stand here and admit that we have made mistakes
I still believe that as the people of America sit in judgment on each party,
they will recognize that our mistakes were mistakes of the heart.
They'll recognize that.
- Barbara Jordan

There is no executive order; there is no law that can
require the American people to form a national community.
This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals,
there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.
- Barbara Jordan

We are a party of innovation.
We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing
to adapt to changing circumstances,
when change we must.
We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in
order to achieve a better future.
- Barbara Jordan

We must not become the new puritans and reject our society.
We must address and master the future together.
It can be done if we restore the belief that we share
a sense of national community,
that we share a common national endeavor.
It can be done.
- Barbara Jordan

We cannot improve on the system of government handed
down to us by the founders of the Republic.
There is no way to improve upon that.
But what we can do is to find new ways to implement
that system and realize our destiny.
- Barbara Jordan

We have made mistakes.
In our haste to do all things for all people,
we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions.
And when the people raised their voices,
we didn't hear.
But our deafness was only a temporary condition,
and not an irreversible condition.
- Barbara Jordan

Let's all understand that these guiding principles
cannot be discarded for short-term political gains.
They represent what this country is all about.
They are indigenous to the American idea.
And these are principles which are not negotiable.
- Barbara Jordan

But this is the great danger America faces.
That we will cease to be one nation and become instead
a collection of interest groups:
city against suburb,
region against region, individual against individual.
Each seeking to satisfy private wants.
- Barbara Jordan

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker


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